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Old 10-25-2013, 11:44 AM
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Hi everyone, new the the forum with a question for the members. I am a new owner of a 2014 Laramie monotone black. I have not washed my Ram myself yet but have found a few swirl marks left from the dealer. (Not very happy about this) Since this is my first black vehicle not sure how to handle proper washing as not to add to the swirls.

My main question is if I can ues the local touchless car wash with a Mopar air deflector and aftermarket tonneau cover installed?. I think the only issue could be the force of the air dryers upon exit which can be minimized by exiting quickly. Any advice would be great.

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Hi everyone, new the the forum with a question for the members. I am a new owner of a 2014 Laramie monotone black. I have not washed my Ram myself yet but have found a few swirl marks left from the dealer. (Not very happy about this) Since this is my first black vehicle not sure how to handle proper washing as not to add to the swirls.

My main question is if I can ues the local touchless car wash with a Mopar air deflector and aftermarket tonneau cover installed?. I think the only issue could be the force of the air dryers upon exit which can be minimized by exiting quickly. Any advice would be great.

Thanks in advance for the help.

I use the high pressure touchless washes frequently. Never had an issue with accessories (hood/sunfoof/vent visor) blowing off.
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I've gone though our local touchless (an Esso Station) and have not had any issues. Not as good as washing myself but better than running dirty. I have a bug deflector as well as a hard tonneau cover and my truck is black
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I think you will be ok with the air blower. The only time you will get swirl marks is when you touch your paint--LOL. I would NEVER let a dealer touch the painted surface of my truck. You will probably need to use a buffer to get the swirls out. Once you have a good sealant and good coat of wax on your truck you shouldn't have to worry about any water left on the surface after the air blower gets done. IMHO I can't really believe that some of the stuff they spray on your truck at a car wash can be very good for the paint, but maybe it's just me. I always hand wash my truck but I know others can't do that for various reasons.
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Swirls are a fact of life, especially on dark colors.

TO minimize them, clay, polish, glaze, wax, seal 2x a year. My black truck is swirl free. I wash it once a week or so, using 2 buckets, and a microfiber wash mitt. NOTHING THAT ISNT MICROFIBER EVER TOUCHES MY PAINT EXCEPT FOAM PADS FOR MY POLISHER!!!!

Most of all, when washing, never ever ever rub the soapy water in a circle. If you have a pressure washer, use that prior to washing.

if you have to use a car wash, use a touchless. If you have a SOFT roll-up or tri-fold bed cover, then even touchless car washes are no beuno. The soaps have chemicals that ruin the materials.
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Thanks gentleman, I will use all of this advice to protect my Ram's awesome black paint. I can see how the touchless carwash chemicals could be a little harsh and I do have a soft tri-fold tonneau cover that I would like for it to last.

I just need to learn how to buff paint to remove the horrible swirls.. Or find a good body shop that won't break the bank. Anyone know the average cost?
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A complete exterior detail can cost upward of $400-$500. You probably would be better off buying the proper equipment and learn how to use it and DIY. Read the information in this section by Primo and Luke, they contain all the information that you will need about equipment, products and techniques.
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Bollocks to that. I would take it back to the dealer and get your sales guy to get the truck fixed. Don't go in super pissed but mad enough to show them you expect it fixed..
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You have a lot more faith in dealer detailers than most other people. Usually they do much more harm than good and it takes some serious correction to repair what they do. I wouldn't let a dealer touch the paint on my truck and would advise you to do the same!
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